Fox Hill Elementary Family Update
Week of July 26th
Mrs. Beard and Mrs. Pitcock Welcome You!!
Welcome Fox Hill Families!
Welcome Fox Hill Families to the 2021-2022 school year!
Our first student school day is Wednesday, August 4th! Please make sure you have reviewed the most recent Washington Township Covid Protocols - https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2021/07/covid-19-protocols/
Students in Kindergarten-5th grade are required to wear Masks unless vaccinated.
Each week, I will send this weekly newsletter with reminders and updates of things going on at Fox Hill. This newsletter will be sent through Parent Square - via the email address you provided to the school or you can access it through the Parent Square app.
Ice Cream Social!
We are getting excited for the start of the 2021-2022 school year! Please join us on Monday, August 2 for our Ice Cream Social for students in grades 1-5 from 5:00-5:45 or 5:45-6:30.
In order to reduce the number of families visiting the classrooms at one time, we are recommending:
- Families with last names that start with A-M, please come to the Ice Cream Social from 5:00-5:45 pm.
- Families with last names that start with N-Z, please come to the Ice Cream Social from 5:45-6:30 pm.
If your family is not able to attend during your recommended time, please come at the time that works best for your family.
***Feel free to take your student's school supplies to his or her classroom on Ice Cream Social Night!
This will be the time for your child to meet their teacher before our first student day on Wednesday, Aug. 4. We look forward to you joining us for this fun event!
*If any family missed Kindergarten Orientation, you are welcome to visit on the night of Ice Cream Social. However, please note kindergarten teachers will not be present.
Arrival and Visitors - The First Days of School
Bus Riders will be dismissed from the bus by grade level. Older students will be dismissed first and will report directly to their classrooms. K-2 students will be escorted to their classrooms by assistants and volunteers.
Parents may choose to bring their students on the first days of school and may enter through the front entrance and escort their student to class. Beginning Monday, August 9th, students will need to walk on their own to their classrooms. Staff will be present in the hallways to help.
Visitors during the school day will be limited. Parents who would like to schedule a conference or meeting with their child’s teacher during the school day, in the future, may do so by contacting the teacher and requesting an appointment. Visits to the classroom without teacher notification and approval are prohibited. Visitation may also be further impacted by any future COVID related protocols.
Fox Hill Information
Students will be required to wear a Face Mask (unless there is an exemption). Please send your student with a mask on to school, and you can place a back up mask in a plastic baggie in your child's backpack.
School Supply List
School Supply Lists are available on the school website -https://fh.msdwt.k12.in.us/2021/06/school-supply-lists-2021-2022/
*If you want to bring school supplies before the first day of school, feel free to bring school supplies on the night of Ice Cream Social or during the day 9-12 or 1-3 on Tuesday, August 3rd.
Doors open at 8:10 AM. School starts at 8:20 AM. Students are tardy after 8:30 AM. School dismisses at 3:30 PM. (Parents of car riders may come at 3:15pm see Car Rider info below)
NO Visitors for lunch
Visitors will not be permitted to eat lunch with students
Water Fountains/Water Bottles
Water fountains will be accessible. Students are also allowed to bring appropriately sized water bottle from home as well.
Car Rider Info - Please note some times have changed from last school year!!
Arrival 8:10-8:30 a.m: Parents should follow the “U” shaped line up formation on the west side of the school building. Students will stay in the car and should have items ready to go (mask on, backpack, lunch bag, etc.). Students should WAIT for the FH staff member to release them from their car. When the adult signals, student(s) should exit their car and walk on the yellow line into the entry door and go directly to class. Students are tardy after 8:30 am. Parents must park in the front parking lot and walk their student to the foyer of FH to sign in.
Dismissal-. Car Rider Dismissal will begin at 3:15 p.m. (School actually dismisses at 3:30pm.) Parents will line up in the same "U" shaped formation as the AM process. Watch for staff direction - If there are numerous cars, we will line up 2 lanes of cars and merge the cars into one lane as you approach the school curb. FH staff members will call for students based on your car tag - Please make sure to have ID in case it needs to be checked. (***The first few weeks-everyone will need to show ID.) Each student will have a number that corresponds to the car tag number of the parent. Parents are expected to get out of car, if needed, and help their students get into the car. *If you have a car tag from last year, you can discard it.
*Please be patient with us - Car Rider line does take a longer time when the school year first starts - The timing will improve as the year goes on!!!
Car Rider Drop off and Pick Up Route
Please click here and complete if your child/children will be permanent car riders.
KINDERGARTEN BUS RIDERS - IMPORTANT INFO!!!
FROM THE TRANSPORTATION DEPT :
A PARENT/GUARDIAN (or designated person) MUST meet his/her kindergarten student each day at the afternoon bus stop. An older sibling may be permitted with a signed and dated note from the parent/guardian. If a bus driver finds that a parent/guardian is not present and awaiting the safe delivery of their kindergarten child, the child will remain on the bus under the supervision of the bus driver.
Upon finishing their route, bus drivers will take kindergarten students back to their home school, and the parent/guardian will be contacted to reunite them with the student. This procedure is considered the safest approach, but it comes at an added cost to the school district in both time and money and cannot be allowed to happen multiple times without consequence.
The first offense will result in a letter to the parent/guardian advising them of the safety concern and of the consequences for a repeat offense. The second offense will result in a suspension of bus privileges for a period of three days. The third offense will result in the student being removed from the bus for the remainder of the school year.
Thank you for your help in ensuring that a parent/guardian or designee is present to greet your kindergarten child when they are dropped off at their bus stop. We know the importance of the partnership between family and school, and we want to do everything possible to keep your child safe while in our care.
Skyward Family Access - Stay in the Loop!
Make sure your phone number and email address are updated in Skyward Family Access to receive all school and district updates! Skyward Family Access Directions
If you have questions or issues with Skyward, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not know your username/password, please email email@example.com or call Fox Hill Elementary.
From the Child Nutrition Office (info about meals and textbooks)
As we get ready to start a new school year, we would like to remind families that ALL students are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch FREE for the entire school year! If students wish to purchase ala-carte items or additional items (extra milk) not included in the free meal, there must be adequate funds on the student’s “MyPaymentsPlus” account.
To be eligible for other educational benefits, such as textbook assistance, or other programs, such as the P-EBT card, a 2021-2022 Meal Assistance Application must be completed and be approved.
Please visit the child nutrition webpage or contact the Child Nutrition office for more information.
Click link for LUNCH MENU
FROM THE NURSE
Medication – A parent or guardian must fill out a permission form for prescription (blue) and/or non-prescription (yellow) medication to be administered at school. All medication must be stored in the clinic and children MAY NOT transport medicine to and from school. It must be brought into the school by an adult.
Life-Threatening Allergies – If your child has a life-threatening allergy or serious medical condition, you MUST report this to the nurse and meet with the nurse prior to your child starting school. You can call the office to schedule your appt with the nurse at 319-259-5371.
AYS (At Your School) - Before and After Care
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Focus on Equity
As the 2021 school year starts, we at Fox Hill want to share that our work around equity is still a priority for us!
Please know that we will:
-Continue to prioritize Professional Development that focuses on Anti-racist teaching, Bias training, and Equitable practices.
-Continue to develop our Equity Team to include various perspectives.
-Continue to look at systems and programs with a common goal of creating opportunity and access for all.
-Continue to look at disproportionality as it relates to staffing, behavior, special services, and academics.
We are committed to the work and to positive change! We ask for your support as we continue to grow.
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